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Instant Pot Cajun Dirty Rice

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This Instant Pot Cajun Dirty Rice is a delicious Southern favorite made with Cajun flavors. Make this entire dish all in your electric Pressure Cooker with ease.

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I love making rice in my pressure cooker. As you can see from my Instant Pot Copycat Rice-a-Roni and my Instant Pot New York Street Cart Chicken and Rice, rice in the pressure cooker is the way to go.  So naturally, when I was craving some delicious and spicy Cajun Dirty Rice, I grabbed my Instant Pot and got to work.

What is Cajun Dirty Rice?

Cajun Dirty Rice is a Creole dish that is made with white rice, meat, onion, celery, bell peppers, and Creole or Cajun seasonings. It gets its name because of the “dirty color” it gets with the addition of the meat and seasonings.

What Goes in Cajun Dirty Rice?

That truly will depend on who you ask…but according to my Husband, an authentic dirty rice will have pork  sausage and chicken livers in the mix. The chicken liver taste isn’t too strong but it gives the dish that unique flavor.

He also has informed me that my Dirty Rice recipe taste just like the Bojangles Dirty Rice recipe. Bojangles, a restaurant popular in the South, has a ton of delicious Southern staples. And they are awesome because they taught me how to make biscuits.

If you don’t like chicken livers, or pork, you could always sub with ground beef or ground turkey. But for a true authentic taste, I say give chicken livers a try. Chicken livers can be found in the meat department of your grocery store.  

Dirty rice also starts with three vegetables that I love to use in cooking, onions, green bell pepper, and celery.

How to make Cajun Dirty Rice in your Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

First, chop your vegetables and prepare your chicken livers by cutting them up into small pieces. Fair warning, chicken livers are slimy and look like goop. They break apart quite easily though. I’ve included this picture of what chicken livers look like so you can be prepared for the ickiness. 

chicken livers in a bowl

Turn your Pressure Cooker on the sauté function and add pork sausage, stirring to break it up in the pot. I use a meat chopper when browning meats that I want crumbled. Then add your chicken livers and continue to stir until all the meat has browned, about 5 minutes.browned pork and chicken livers in the Instant PotNext, add your onion, celery, green bell pepper, garlic, Creole seasoning, thyme, Worcestershire sauce, and hot sauce to the meat mixture. Stir and cook until the onions and peppers have softened a little, about 2 minutes. Add rinsed white rice, beef broth, and water to the Instant Pot. Stir with a wooden spoon, ensuring that there are no brown bits of food stuck to the bottom of the Pot. Place Bay Leaf on top of the mixture so it can be removed when the cooking cycle is done. Dirty rice ingredients in the Instant PotPress Cancel on the Instant Pot. Cover with the lid, ensuring the valve is set to “Sealing” and cook on High Pressure for 6 minutes.Instant Pot cover set to SealingOnce cooking cycle is complete, allow rice to natural release for 10 minutes, then manually release the remaining pressure but switching the valve to “Venting.”Top of Instant Pot cover set to "Venting"Open your lid and fluff your rice. Add about ¼ cup of chopped fresh parsley to finish your dish.Instant Pot Dirty Rice CompletedI hope you enjoy this Cajun Dirty Rice as much as we do. Until next time. 

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Instant Pot Cajun Dirty Rice

This Easy and Delicious Cajun Dirty Rice is a one pot recipe that can be made quickly in your Instant Pot or any Electric Pressure Cooker. Serve this flavorful rice as a side or main course.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword instant pot dirty rice
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Pressure Rising 20 minutes
Total Time 36 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 525kcal
Author Tanya

Ingredients

  • 1 lb pork sausage
  • ½ lb chicken livers finely chopped
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 2 stalks celery chopped
  • ½ green bell pepper chopped
  • 1 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 Tbsp Creole seasoning
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tbsp hot sauce
  • 2 cups white rice rinsed
  • 1 ¼ cup beef broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley chopped

Instructions

  • Select Sauté on your Instant Pot. When indicator reads “HOT”, add your pork sausage. Stir until the meat has broken up, then add your chicken livers. Continue cooking and stirring until all the meat has browned.
  • Add onion, celery, green bell pepper, minced garlic, Creole seasoning, dried thyme, Worcestershire sauce, and hot sauce. Stir and cook until onions and bell peppers have softened a bit, about 2 minutes.
  • Add rice, beef broth, and water and stir with wooden spoon, ensuring all brown bits are removed from the bottom. Place bay leaf on top of mixture.
  • Press Cancel on the Instant Pot. Cover with lid, ensuring the valve is set to “Sealing.” cook on high pressure for 6 minutes, then allow it to natural release for 10 minutes. Release the remaining pressure by turning the Valve to “Venting.”
  • Once all pressure is released, open and remove bay leaf. Add fresh parsley to rice. Fluff with fork before serving.

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Notes

Notes on Instant Pot Dirty Rice

  • I like my rice more on the soft side. If you want more of a firm texture, reduce the amount of water by ¼ cup.
  • This dish can be served as a Main Course or Side.

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Nutrition

Calories: 525kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 184mg | Sodium: 797mg | Potassium: 514mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 4900IU | Vitamin C: 23.9mg | Calcium: 53mg | Iron: 5.5mg
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Lisa

Wednesday 22nd of April 2020

This was FANTASTIC! I’ve signed up for your news letter hoping that everything you post is this good. My husband ate a bowl and thought it was delicious; when I told him the secret ingredient was chicken livers, he didn’t eat another bowl. Good—more for me! 😂

Tanya

Wednesday 22nd of April 2020

lol, too funny. Thank you so much, glad you enjoyed the recipe :)

M. Morgan

Sunday 5th of April 2020

This recipe is a keeper. I wasn’t sure if I should drain grease so I didn’t but I think I will next time. Also I’m going to cook the livers separately then do a quick run through chopper/food processor to get smaller pieces. I used Jasmine rice which came out great with the recommend times but I may decrease cooking time by 1-2 minutes next time.

BB

Friday 7th of February 2020

What type of white rice did you use? There are so many varieties of white rice, which require different amounts of liquid and have different cooking times. And some are harder than others. I use basmati more than any other type of rice as it's high quality and doesn't get mushy. Sometimes I want a softer rice though and use simple white long grain rice. One cup of basmati, however, requires 1/34 cups of liquid. It looks like your recipe only calls for 2 1/4 cups of liquid for two cups of rice. That would likely result in a burn error or undercooked rice.

Lynette

Friday 28th of February 2020

I *love* Zatarain’s rice, which is basically parboiled rice. It finishes exactly like Uncle Ben’s rice, so it never comes out too sticky and clumpy like regular, cheaper rice that skips this step. (I see no reason why rinsing plain, “unconverted” rice and draining it well wouldn’t accomplish the same goal, along with a pat of butter or bit of oil stirred in the pot.)

On the other hand, I’ve tried to replace the rice in a couple of recipes with Basmati rice, which I LOVE (esp. that popcorn aroma!) but can never get it to cook correctly for me!

This recipe is awesome...it tastes exactly like my Mama’s dirty rice she used to save to make on holidays...but yet, it’s NOT *truly* complete without ALSO adding the pre-boiled, ground gizzards & hearts 💕 too! Yum!

Tanya

Friday 7th of February 2020

I've used both long grain rice and basmati for this recipe. I've never gotten a burn signal or undercook rice either. Please let me know if you happen to give it a try :)

Mike

Friday 27th of December 2019

This is the first meal I've made in my new instantpot, A+ for taste, but D for user error, as I kept getting the burn notification. I'll have to experiment more 😒

Tanya

Friday 27th of December 2019

Hi Mike, what brand of IP do you have? I believe some may be more sensitive than others. That being said, I'd suggest trying the rice button for rice dishes. Here's a helpful article about burn signals and the IP. https://www.paintthekitchenred.com/instant-pot-burn-message/

Samantha

Saturday 27th of July 2019

Turned out great. I made it for a pot luck. I was gross out by chicken liver but apparently they are needed because everyone loved it

Kevin

Friday 16th of August 2019

Can I make it without the chicken livers, or do the chicken livers add some flavor to the dirty rice

Tanya

Saturday 27th of July 2019

Yay! So glad you liked it. I agree, the chicken livers are a game changer.